What will I gain by using new technology? Many teachers are faced with this question as they are encouraged to integrate new computer-based learning tools into their classrooms and curricula. Thanks to Dr. Ruben Puentedura, we have the SAMR model to help answer this question.
iPad is a great versatile device that can be utilized for a wide range of educational purposes in our classrooms. One of the best uses is to turn it into a whiteboard canvass to record and create tutorials and step by step guides to share with your students.
The theory of multiple intelligences spearheaded by the celebrated cognitive scientist Howard Gardner has received so much acclaim within the educational circles since its inception some decades ago. Gardner defines intelligence as the ability to solve problems in a given context. He argues that there are at least 9 kinds of intelligences :
At first glance, the intersections between Montessori education and high-quality digital learning are not immediately apparent. To those of us with some knowledge about Montessori methods, its natural materials and deep traditions seem to stand in opposition to the vision of a futuristic, technology-rich digital or blended learning environment. Here are five intersections between Montessori education and digital learning that this author has observed as a parent to a Montessori preschooler, online educator and an education policy researcher.
Here are some great apps for storytelling and creativity. Some of them are actual bookmaking apps, some are for creating stories in various ways and others are to help kids plan out a story. Matt has listed them in the order of importance for his classroom. The first 10 on the list are the 'must have' for all elementary classrooms.
While there has been a bit of question as to the effectiveness of SAMR, a shift to move beyond SAMR, and a few proposed changes to the structure of the model floating around online, Lisa Johnson has to say that after hearing Dr. Ruben Puentedura (you may know him as the father of SAMR) speak at iPad Summit a few weeks ago still felt like a rare app-ortunity and a truly inspiring treat. She shares some really great resources from the Dr. SAMR.
Sometimes forget about the basic capabilities of our iPads, like the camera and video camera. Adding a camera and a video camera to your classroom can be so powerful. Kids can immortalize their creations and learning moments with this simple technology.
Apple recently added a page to iTunes that highlights a few dozen apps for learning how to play music. There is a category for virtual instruments, reading and composing music, music theory, and tools for musicians.
Children love the chance to explore, read, and share their favourite books. We often get so busy with all of the things we must teach them, this time is overlooked. This teacher library used Tellagami Appto create and share a quick animated avatar videos about what the children read. What fun the children had... and so many more applications!
You don't have to leave the digital world behind in order to make meditation, and its benefits, a part of your life. Here are 12 online meditation tools to help you be more present, more mindful, and more creative.
Teachers really like the ability to display their iPad or their students' iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom.